Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey’s Kitten’s Roar turned the tables on Richard and Bertram Klein’s Cash Control when posting a nose score in the $75,000 Marie G. Krantz Memorial over 1 1/16 miles on the Stall-Wilson turf course.
Trained by Mike Maker, Kitten’s Roar avenged a head loss in last month’s Blushing K. D. with a perfect, pace-pressing trip under jockey Miguel Mena. Settled just outside of longshot leader Dynazar through splits of 24.14, 49.71 and 1:14.82, the 5-year-old daughter of Kitten’s Joy assumed command in the stretch after a mile in 1:38.88 and completed the trip in 1:44.92.
Darrell and Sadie Brommer’s Richie Scherer-trained Prado’s Sweet Ride nearly overcame a troubled trip under jockey Francisco Torres, but her furious rally fell just inches short at the wire. Winter Quarter Farm’s Tom Proctor trainee Cambodia was another 1¼ lengths back in third under Robby Albarado.
“She’s very nice,” Mena said after posting his third stakes win on the card. “They asked me to see how it goes from the gate, and we broke on top, and we had it our way today laying second. It worked out great; she was the best horse.”
A consistent type, Kitten’s Roar won for the fifth time in 12 lifetime starts, earned $45,000 to boost her lifetime bankroll to $316,958 and returned $5.80, $3.40 and $2.40. Prado’s Sweet Ride paid $7.40 and $3.40 while Cambodia returned $2.60.
Race favorite Cash Control and Dynazar completed the running order. Factory of Faith, Freudie Anne, Gianna’s Dream, I’m a Chatterbox, Include Betty, Steel Cut and Whiskey Eyes were scratched.
Source: Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots